Mendel Farkas, Eva Marton and Jozsef Farkas

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  • Photo taken in:
    Turda
    Year when photo was taken:
    1930
    Country name at time of photo:
    Romania (1920-1945)
    Country name today:
    Romania
    Name of the photographer / studio:
    M. Benach

This is my father, Mendel Farkas, with my elder sister Eva and myself, Jozsef Farkas. This picture was taken probably in 1930, and I was around 1 or 2. The photo was taken by a photographer from Turda called M. Benach.

My father was born in 1889 in Jaravize, and age-wise he was somewhere in the middle among his siblings. I think Gero and two of his sisters were older than my father. But I don't know exactly, because I didn't know them. My father fought as a soldier in World War I, and after that he came home and got acquainted with my mother, but I don't know anything more about their situation.

My sister, Eva Farkas, was born in 1920. She became Eva Marton after her marriage. She finished elementary school in Torda, and then graduated from the commercial high school from Nagyvarad, because the confessional commercial high school was there. She was like my father and me: quiet and calm.

I was born on 4th October 1929 in Kolozsvar, in the Matyas Matyas clinic. I got the name Jozsef Sandor after my two grandfathers, Alexander Farkas and Jozsef Deutsch. According to our ritual, every newborn boy can adopt the name of his deceased grandfather. We lived in Torda, I grew up there. After my sister was born, my father went to work in America to make some money. This was quite common then. Many people from Transylvania went to America. Some of them remained there, and some returned. He worked there for four or five years, and when he got home, he bought the house we lived in. I was born later. Our house in Torda was on Avram Iancu Street, at No. 19.

Interview details

Interviewee: Jozsef Farkas
Interviewer:
Emoke Major
Month of interview:
July – August
Year of interview:
2005
Des, Romania

KEY PERSON

Mendel Farkas
Year of birth:
1889
City of birth:
Jaravize
Country name at time of birth:
Austria-Hungary pre 1918
Year of death:
1945
City of death:
Turda
Country of death:
Romania (1945-1989)
Died:
after WW II
Died where:
Turda
Occupation
before WW II:
Office clerk

Other Person

Eva Marton
Year of birth:
1920
City of birth:
Turda
Country name at time of birth:
Romania (1920-1945)
Year of death:
1994
City of death:
Petach Tiqwa
Country of death:
Israel
Died:
after WW II
Died where:
Petach Tiqwa
Occupation
after WW II:
Accountant/Bookkeeper
  • Previous family name: 
    Farkas
    Year of changing: 
    1945
    Reason for changing: 
    Marriage

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